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Newsletter of the Department of Management


We’re delighted to launch this newsletter as a way of keeping in touch with our alumni and others. We’ll keep you informed about what’s happening in the department, highlight the work of our alumni, and let you in on what faculty are reading, thinking about, and working on. We intend to publish three times a year. If you have thoughts or feedback, please email Donna Mellen at dmellen@antioch.edu or Stephanie Tickner at stickner@antioch.edu.


For each issue, we’ll provide a profile of one of our graduates to illustrate the kinds of work in which our alumni are engaged and the contributions they make.

Elizabeth (Liz) Wiley
MS in Leadership & Management, 2009

Liz Wiley says that her master’s program helped her to “understand the need to bring direct environmentalism back into my career.” Following graduation, she took a sabbatical from her job as a grants coordinator at Bristol Community College. After a year in New Zealand with her family, she was offered a position at the college as director of the Green Center, creating programs to prepare students for green careers.

In May 2013, the Marion Institute, “a non-profit that acts as an incubator for a diverse array of programs and serendipity projects…in the realms of sustainability and social justice,” purchased a 39-acre working farm in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. They selected Liz as the first program manager of their new Round the Bend Farm - A Center for Restorative Community. The position is a great fit for her interests in sustainable agriculture, health and wellness, and experiential education.

The website explains that Round the Bend Farm, “a working farm and learning center, located in the south coast region of Massachusetts, is in its first year of development. RTB seeks to localize culture, work, and wealth by exposing individuals to the basic tenets of sustainability: resiliency, zero-waste design and diversity. The vision is a community of growers, educators and social entrepreneurs, who support themselves through food and farming businesses and nurture the public with real food and place-based education.”

As the founding program manager, Liz’s work involves leading and managing the development of the farm and related projects and the educational program. Every day is different, and she enjoys the diversity of activities. Her current responsibilities include:

  • creating programs that promote sustainable agriculture and living practices;
  • facilitating the development of a new education center (a center for restorative community), including working with the architect, builders, and permitting departments to construct a 6000+ square foot green building;
  • developing programs for inner city school groups and working with young children who have never before set foot on a farm;
  • working with a new generation of young farmers to identify and implement low impact farming techniques suitable for the 21st century;
  • developing innovative partnerships with educators, foodies, community members and social entrepreneurs, several of whom already operate a vegetable CSA, a meat CSA, and a honey business on RTB’s property;
  • collaborating with the farm’s abutting neighbor, Massachusetts Audubon’s Allen’s Pond Sanctuary, to forge an innovative partnership between farming and land management organizations, with a current focus of using farm livestock to control invasive species.

When asked what she finds most fulfilling about her work, Liz replied: “My work allows me to meld my undergraduate training as a field biologist with the environmental ideals and leadership skills emphasized in my master’s program at Antioch. I am able to combine hands-on physical work at the farm with larger systems-thinking-based efforts involving how to create an ethical and sustainable world where individuals, families and communities can flourish.”

We’ll feature a different faculty member for each issue of Connections. You’ll find out what’s on the minds of our faculty as each chooses to share something about what she or he is thinking about, reading, researching, or otherwise working on. This month, we feature, Robbie Hertneky, who fills us in on her summer reading list.

Robbie Hertneky, Associate Professor

The academic year has wrapped up, preliminary planning for the coming year is completed, and summer is upon us, with its warm sunshine, change of pace, and promise of summer reading. Over the past couple of months I have been gathering books I want to read when I have the time. They fall into a couple of categories and I imagine that I will read some of these, skim others, and be distracted by unknown interlopers. But for now, the pile on the corner of my table comprises the following.

My scholarship interest focuses on mindfulness and
leadership - exploring each separately as well as the emerging literature on mindful leadership and engaging in reflective practice. I look forward to reading Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership, by Janice Marturano, and The Mindful Leader: Awakening your Natural Management Skills through Mindful Meditation, by Michael Carroll.

This year I took a MOOC (massive open online course) called The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education, with Cathy Davidson from Duke University. It was engaging and provocative and I look forward to finishing her book,
Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century.

Each fall I look forward to attending the annual conference of
The International Leadership Association (ILA); this year the conference will be in San Diego and one of the keynote speakers will be Otto Scharmer. In preparation, I have his book, with co-author Katrin Kaufer, Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-system Economies.

Max De Pree is a favorite author of mine; I first read Leadership is an Art almost 20 years ago and still find it relevant and engaging. An example of his thinking: “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” I am using Leadership is an Art in class next year and look forward to rereading it over the summer, along with another book by De Pree, Leading without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community.

On a parallel track, in addition to the content of leadership, I am interested in the teaching of leadership.
The Handbook for Teaching Leadership: Knowing, Doing, and Being, edited by Scott Snook, Nitin Nohria, and Rakesh Khurana, is in the pile; I don’t know how realistic or optimistic it is to expect that I will choose it over beach reading on a hot summer afternoon.

I don’t know if this ever happens to you, but, periodically, a book will be recommended by a number of friends, unknown to one another, within a short space of time. Two such books are
The Hare with Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal, and Dear Life, by Alice Munro; they are both in the pile and, I expect, the first ones I will pick out.

My meditation group is reading
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, by Sharon Salzberg, and I anxiously await the new Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery by Louise Penny, due to be released later in the summer.



Presentation of
Practicum Projects

In what has become a happy tradition, we celebrated our graduating students’ learning and accomplishments on April 25th as they presented the results of their practicum projects. The audience included other students, faculty, staff, returning alumni, family and friends. The day concluded with a facilitated networking event for current students and alumni. Click here to see a collection of practicum presentation videos. You can also see photos on our Facebook page.

New Program Structure

After much deliberation, we decided to make some changes in the structure of our MBA in Sustainability program. Our intent is to make the program accessible to a wider variety of students. As before, first-year students begin with a four-day intensive, Introduction to Sustainability. Other courses now meet on five Saturdays and Sundays during the fall semester and again on five weekends in the spring. Friday classes have been eliminated. In addition to the face-to-face meetings on class weekends, courses have a distance learning component so that active engagement in learning with faculty and classmates occurs throughout the semester. Learn more.

Dave Chase Returns as Adjunct Professor

Dave Chase, who received his Certificate in Organization Development from Antioch New England, has previously served as an adjunct faculty member in our department. We are delighted that he will return this year to co-teach Introduction to Sustainability with Taryn Fisher. Dave is principal of DRC Consulting, offering strategic planning to the environmental, educational, human service, and social justice sectors.

Selected Faculty
& Staff Activities

Taryn Fisher, Assistant Professor and MBA Program Director, presented her research findings on sustainable dairy farming at both AUNE and UNH this past year. As the economics of small and mid-scale dairying get tougher, many Northern New England dairy farms have chosen to pursue diversification and on-farm value-added processing. This strategy presents both opportunities and challenges.

Robbie Hertneky, Associate Professor, presented at the spring conference of New Hampshire Women in Higher Education Leadership on April 4th.  The title of her session was Adaptive Leadership & Change.
Donna Mellen, Professor, has launched two new blogs: 

Living Change: Fostering Resilience & Sustainability focuses on change theory and methods for sustainability practitioners.

With the Planet in Mind, intended for a general audience, explores how we choose to live on the planet during this critical time of environmental and social challenge and possibility.

The initial posts of the two blogs have similar content because context is being set.  Future posts will have related but distinctly different content.

Stephanie Tickner, Administrative Coordinator, participated in a series of meetings organized by Vice President of Academic Affairs, Melinda Treadwell. Melinda wrote, "This spring, I convened student services staff (Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Registrar's Office) as well as the administrative staff in each academic department, to discuss ways in which we could all work together in a more integrated fashion. Later we folded in those who support students through the Library, Writing Center, and Student Disability Services.

We looked at current staffing, roles and responsibilities, and reconsidered ways to best serve students, faculty and staff. The guiding value of seamless service to students from inquiry to alumni status has been present throughout our planning. After much deliberation and budget-wrangling, we have landed on a multi-year, phased integrated student services model, recognized by the Chancellor as a pilot for how each AU campus might achieve the most effective service to students."

Happy Summer!

We would enjoy hearing from you!

What are you currently working on? Have you made any interesting connections recently? How has your degree from the Department of Management helped you in your experiences since graduation? Please let us know at stickner@antioch.edu or 603-283-2418. Thanks!

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